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Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Venice advertising technology firm System1 announced on Monday that it had completed a $270 million financing round led by New York-based Court Square Capital Partners

Alnylam Data Puts a Nobel Discovery One Step Closer to Approved Drug


For the first time ever, a medicine using RNA interference, a method of muting a gene before it can make a harmful protein, is headed for an FDA review.

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Spend the Money and Bring On the Right People


If you don’t have the right team and hire the best people for the job, your company will go through more hills and valleys than you’ll want. We talked with Adam Mendler, CEO of The Veloz Group what he’s done to hire the best people and how his team has helped his business grow.

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Cie Digital Labs Names Entrepreneur In Residence


Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs (CDL) said this week that it has named Jim Davis as the company's new Entrepreneur in Residence. Davis previously served at at eBay and Pepsi, and is Managing Partner at early stage venture capital investor Rezven Partners. Cie Digital Labs, led by Anderee Berengian, recently has focused on helping brands and also startups take their ideas and turn them into new technology ventures. READ MORE>>.

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TS2 Presents: Unlocking the Secrets of Scaling and Monetization

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- TS2 Presents: Unlocking the Secrets of Scaling and Monetization Some of the biggest challenges faced by founders and CEOs of growing technology companies involve how to effectively monetize their IP and create sound strategies for growth. Hear firsthand from our panel of LA area business leaders who have spent their entire careers successfully growing advertising, games, mobile and financial tech companies.

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Up Thursday: Episode 1 Of Tech Scenes, A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem


Looking to figure out what makes Southern California's thriving technology industry tick? We've partnered with Tech Scenes, produced by Jeff Martin, to help showcase what makes the region such an attractive community for startup entrepreneurs and venture investments.

The Case For & Against Cryptocurrencies (for those tired of all the noise)

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In more than a decade of writing about the Internet and tech-enabled businesses I’ve learned that mobs don’t do nuance well.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 19: Snapchat Has Bigger Share of New Users in U.S., but Instagram Is Closing the Gap

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat has bigger share of new users in U.S., but Instagram is closing the gap, SpaceX files paper for ‘Starlink’ constellation and Herb Scannell tapped as CEO of Mitu

On CAR-T’s Edge, Seattle Researchers Plot to Bypass Novartis Therapy


It’s not a stretch to say that Greta Oberhofer is alive thanks to the genetically modified cell therapy called CAR-T. At three and a half months old, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, an aggressive blood cancer. At 10 months old, she had a bone marrow transplant, which required chemotherapy. She had a bad reaction: Her kidney and liver shut down, and fluid built up in her heart and lungs. She was on a breathing machine.

Peter Coffee's Industry Forecast

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- Peter Coffee's Industry Forecast. AITP-LA. Peter Coffee will be looking at a number of disciplines— computing, communications, data analytics, social media, and information security among others— and illuminating the massive disruptions already taking shape around us. See [link] (more

SpaceX Shows Off Failures Which Led To Rocket Landing Success


SpaceX has just released a massive roll of video of all of the landing failures which occurred in its quest to land its Falcon 9 rockets, before it finally managed to reach success in landing its boosters.

Hire as if your survival depends upon it.


Aside from visionary management, this is your most important job. Close. Many of us go through the motions of hiring to fill a position, trying to use our intuition and skills to find the best candidate for the job.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 18: Sixgill Raises $27.9 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Sixgill raises $27.9 million, Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion and Snapchat removes Al Jazeera channel from Saudi Arabia

Education Is Unbundling—Three Key Trends to Watch


Technology in the classroom has come a long way since its advent in the 1920s, when teachers would air radio broadcasts about topics relevant to their lesson plans. Ten years later, in the 1930s, the overhead projector debuted to display material for the whole class to see all at once, followed by the launch of the Scantron grading system in the 1970s to speed up the standardized testing process. Innovative? Yes, for their time. Powerful for learners? Not really.

TCOSC Executive Forum: Deciphering Cyber Security

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- TCOSC Executive Forum: Deciphering Cyber Security. Join the TechCouncil of Southern CA on September 26th at Ten-X’s offices in Newport Beach for an evening with data security experts, thought leaders and peers. The risks associated with data and cyber security breaches continues to grow, impacting many industries across the globe. Cyber criminals are more creative than ever before and their attacks are dangerously destructive, targeting organizations of all sizes.

Hyundai Capital Links Into AutoGravity For Auto Financing


Irvine-based AutoGravity , and Hyundai Capital America , the car financing company which does business as Hyundai Motor Finance , Kia Motors Finance , and Genesis Finance , have joined to offer up car financing in California, Hyundai said today. AutoGravity has an online digital marketplace which connects car shoppers, lenders, and dealers. Financial details of the link between the companies were not announced.

Going Big or Against the Tide: Meet the Big Idea & Contrarian Award Finalists


All innovation and companies start off as an idea. Some will gain more traction than others over time, but we at Xconomy think that big ideas—and the people and companies in Boston’s life sciences community bold enough to try to implement them—are worth celebrating. Some of those ideas even go against conventional thinking. Here are the finalists in the Big Idea and Contrarian categories of the Xconomy Awards.

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Bio Roundup: Phase 3 Fails, Shkreli Jailed, Moderna Flip-Flops & More


It was a week of realignments. President Trump, who used to be known as “The Donald” but now goes by “ Amnesty Don ,” kept up the parlay-voo with his new friends Chuck and Nancy. Martin Shkreli, who was once known— and still is! —as the “pharma bro,” will have a new perspective for a while, through the bars of a jail cell. In Cambridge, MA, Moderna Therapeutics promised more clinical data as it reasserts central control over its drug R&D.

GM, Ford, BAE Systems Up the Self-Driving Ante with New Advances


Things are moving quickly in the mobility sector as the race to develop autonomous vehicle technologies revs up. This week brought a spate of mobility news from GM and Cruise, Ford, BAE, and even the federal government. Read on for details. —The Detroit News published a detailed report this week regarding Ford’s Silicon Valley lab, which the automaker established in 2015 to oversee the development of autonomous technologies and build relationships with tech industry “thought leaders.”

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 13: AeroVironment Antennae Extends Range of Drones

L.A. Business Journal

AeroVironment antennae extends range of drones, JibJab launches camera sticker app and personalized cartoons with NFL and Happy Returns raises $4 million

Halozyme Inks $105M Bristol-Myers Partnership, Expands Roche Deal


Halozyme Therapeutics has turned a method of delivering a drug more conveniently into partnerships with several large pharmaceutical companies that want to see their infusible drugs delivered via injections instead. The San Diego biotech company’s list of alliances is now getting longer.

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Akili, Emulate, Ginkgo & More: The Innovation at the Intersection Award Finalists


Research that happens at the intersection of different fields can lead to new innovations that tackle pressing problems in the life sciences. This year’s finalists in the Innovation at the Intersection category show the value of bringing different disciplines—engineering and biology, IT and medicine—together. Here are brief introductions to the finalists. The winners of this and the other categories of the Xconomy Awards will be announced at the Awards Gala in Boston on September 26.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 14: Hulu Content Spending to Hit $2.5 Billion in 2017

L.A. Business Journal

Hulu content spending to hit $2.5 billion in 2017, SpaceX reveals rocket landing blooper reel and Snapchat launches Bitmoji augmented reality feature

Xconomy Award Finalists In The Eye Of the National Drug Price Debate


The national debate over the high cost of healthcare, with prescription drugs at the center, resonates from the chambers of Congress to every American’s pocketbook. And it’s growing fiercer by the day.

Utilligent Acquires Transformory


Los Angeles-based management consulting firm Utilligent has acquired an Australian and New Zealand company, Tranformory Pty Ltd. , the company said late Tuesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Utilligent, the acquisition will help it with its global footprint. The two said Transformory Pty Ltd. provides services to the telecommunications, electric, gas, water, roads, airports and cities. READ MORE>>.

Trackstreet Names VP Sales


Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet , a provider of internet brand protection and analytics software, said today that it has named Ryan Erickson as Vice President of Sales. Erickson was most recently Vice President of Sales for Teva North America, a division of Deckers Brands, and also has served at Timberland, Rockport and Reebok. TrackStreet develops technology for monitoring brand reputation, Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) agreements, customer reviews, and similar information. READ MORE>>.

mitu Snags Former Nickelodeon Head As CEO


Los Angeles-based mitu , which is developing a digital media brand specifically focused on Latino millennials, has snagged Herb Scannell, the former President of Nickelodeon, as its new CEO. Scannell was also previously co-founder and CEO of Next New Networks (sold to YouTube in 2011) and was President of BBC Worldwide North America.

Swagbucks Hits $200M In Cash Back, Gift Cards To Members


El Segundo-based online rewards site Swagbucks --which is owned by Prodege, the company run by Chuck Davis, the former CEO of Fandango and Shopzilla--said today that it has now paid out more than $200M in cash and gift cards to its members. The site provides reward points to consumers for shopping, searching the web, sharing their opinions, playing games, and more. Prodege also operates such sites as and READ MORE>>.